Primal SoCal blues
This is the raw stuff, the spiritual descendant of Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James. Top Jimmy a longtime mainstay of the Southern California blues scene has appeared on several compilations in the past, but this is his first full release as a leader. It's a weird combination of dreaminess and primal blues energy that comes together best on the 12 minutes-plus "Voodoo Sausage" that's more like blues surrealist Little Axe than anything else on the planet.
Top Jimmy is a rough but effective singer and an impassioned guitarist. But he's more than a performer: The man has a vision for what the blues should be, and it's sometimes pretty weird, and always challenging. The only places where it falls short are in a couple of passages where Top Jimmy seems to be in some kind of Jim Morrison homage, or maybe it's a Doors parody. Fortunately, they're short and the rest of the album is definitely worth checking out.
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